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  2. I'm no expert at the degreasing thing but when I did my D granti, I was told to totally submerge the specimen and let it soak a day or 2. If it's still a little dark, repeat. It did work for most of them but some still stayed black.
  3. Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but still not having much luck. Now that all of my D tityus have died and thoroughly dried I wanted to get back on it. None of them have been pinned, but all have turned almost black, even the two that didn’t die on their backs, so I’m thinking the grease from fat deposits as mentioned before is the culprit. I went ahead and followed the increasing steps Pewrune mentioned, up to the acetone (which is 100% acetone for stripping car paint), but am having minimal luck. As you can see from the pick below, the right elytron (which is all I worked on) has at least some color now, but still very dull and dark. This is after a pretty thorough wiping with acetone and allowing to dry for an hour. If anyone has any additional tips, I’m all ears. I’d definitely like to preserve my male, since these are my first adult rhinos.
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  5. Some cute pictures of my little C. metallifer finae. He's a minor for sure, but I still think he's pretty cool.
  6. Hyperdistortia

    For The Love Of...

    "A good portion of hobbyists got their first A. dichotoma because they ran into a vendor and could not resist the beetle's charm. In the beginning, they only bought a beetle or two without any long-term plans. But after bringing them home, they found out that these are absolutely fascinating creatures. Then they wanted to breed them. And that was the beginning of no ending." --Jonathan Ting Lai, For The Love Of Rhinoceros And Stag Beetles 3rd. Edition This quote always reminds me of how I got into the hobby.
  7. Hyperdistortia

    Beetle Wish List

    Right? I love the almost cardboard-like texture they have and their cute eyes and horn. That species looks like the weevil equivalent of long-arm scarabs, haha. I think my favorite weevil species has to be the one with little red tips at the ends of their legs and I think they're called clown-shoe weevils.
  8. PowerHobo

    Adding Soil to Substrate

    You can sift your substrate to remove as much of the frass as possible, but you'll likely still need to add new rotten/fermented hardwood sub. Just soil isn't going to do the trick for Megasoma spp larvae. When you add your new sub, don't just take your larvae and put them in the fresh sub, fill the container with half new sub and half old (placing the larvae in the old).
  9. It's the larva of a cetoniine scarab of some kind - possibly Osmoderma eremicola.
  10. Hello! I found two of this larva while digging into logs in Northern New Jersey, I was wondering if anyone here can help me identify them! They are certainly coleoptera scarabaeidae, I'm just not sure of the species. I suspect they may be May Beetles, but I'd like to hear what the community thinks! Please this imgur link for images https://imgur.com/a/LdOkGOG
  11. HyprNekoStorm

    Adding Soil to Substrate

    My largest Megasoma Sleeperi larvae has recently emerged at the top of the substrate two times. I inspected his substrate and it is clogged with feces. Could I mix in some sort of soil to reduce the percentage of feces, or do I have to get new substrate?
  12. Goliathus

    Beetle Wish List

    Yes - Eupholus weevils look (and move) like tiny, hand-painted robots! Here's another very neat weevil - Macrochirus praetor (Giant Malaysian Palm Weevil), which is the largest curculionid in the world, at over 90 mm. Males have enlarged, hook-like front legs, and spiny projections on the snout. The dorsal surface has a velvet-like texture similar to that of many cetoniine scarabs, and the ventral side is very glossy black.
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  14. piggy145

    Purchase of stag beetles

    Lucanus elaphus larvae shouldn't be hard to raise at all with the right care. The adults are somewhat fragile thought.
  15. piggy145

    State of the Hobby(TM)

    To me it seems that people are only really interested in the money that can be made. I recently got into the hobby after keeping jumping spiders and tarantulas for a while. I recently made quiet a large amount of money from selling beetles, and word got around to my family. Unfortunately they just cared about the money to be made. They would ask about the hobby, and would only ask about the price tag some of the beetles would go for.
  16. PowerHobo

    Beetle Wish List

    That is an extremely cool rhino! It reminds me of a dead leaf mantis in beetle form. Holy crap, those are gorgeous! Something about weevil leg structures make them look like toys to me. Looks like I've got to update my unobtainable wishlist!
  17. Goliathus

    Beetle Wish List

    For several reasons, I'm sure it will never come to pass, but tropical weevil species such as Eupholus magnificus would undoubtedly be very popular with hobbyists, if it were ever possible to breed them in captivity - https://wesleyfleming.com/gallery/Eupholus-magnificus5.jpg or, E. bennetti - http://image11.photobiz.com/5177/36_20130702091904_824288_large.jpg or, E. schoenherri - http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/780/indonesia/west-papua_0439.jpg They're upwards of 30 mm long, and are collected off of yam leaves in Papua New Guinea. Of course, two issues: (A) - they're an exotic that would undoubtedly be restricted (at least, in the US), and (B) - I've never heard of anyone having live specimens of any species of Eupholus (or live examples of any other beetle species from PNG, for that matter). As of late, it's getting difficult to get even dried specimens of many insect species from PNG, though I've not thoroughly explored the reasons for this. Formerly, the country seemed to have a thriving insect farming business; not sure what happened - too much of its rainforest destroyed over the past 25 years, perhaps? Heightened export restrictions?
  18. Hyperdistortia

    Beetle Wish List

    Bit of a little-known species, and not in the hobby from what I can tell, but Spodistes beltianus is a really cool rhino with cute eyes ❤️
  19. piggy145

    Beetle Wish List

    My dream beetle is Megasoma Elephas. I love the coloration and the huge size. Definitely looking forward to one day own this beast. For now, animal crossing will do.
  20. PowerHobo

    Beetle Wish List

    Bump because I love this topic.
  21. Pewrune

    Beetle Party

    Probably granti and tityus. easy to get eggs, and larvae are pretty strong.
  22. PowerHobo

    What kind of mantis is this?

    May be pretty hard to tell without a location. I own a couple mantids, but unfortunately, I don't know enough to venture a guess.
  23. HyprNekoStorm

    What kind of mantis is this?

    I know, wrong forum.
  24. It appears to be a female elaphus.
  25. Can someone help me ID this stag pupa? I bought it as a larva on this website under the pretense it was an elaphus.
  26. Acro

    Beetle Party

    Super nice party attendance! If you're breeding them, who do you find the easiest to raise? Again, super photo, thanks for posting! 😊
  27. piggy145

    Hello from Houston!

    Hello, welcome!
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